New car park and bicycle lockers proposed for Pinhoe railway station in Exeter

Plans have been revealed for a new car park and bicycle lockers at Pinhoe railway station in Exeter. 

A currently-vacant site to the east of the transport hub has been earmarked for the scheme, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

It would see a 17-space car park created with 15 bicycle lockers, as well as a bay for a new peak-time minibus  connecting the train station to the Enterprise Zone and Exeter Airport.

Proposals, submitted to Devon County Council (DCC) this week, say: “The development seeks to provide additional secure parking and bike storage areas for customers wishing to use the railway network.

“By providing a designated parking area for Pinhoe station it will free roadside parking for residents together with promoting an attractive and more sustainable link for commuters.

“There is already parking to the south of the rail line providing parking for Pinhoe Surgery and the rail station.

“However, this is inconvenient for east-bound passengers, and particularly disabled passengers, who must cross the rail tracks via a level crossing to access the platform.

“This is particularly an issue when boarding, rather than alighting, the train as the level crossing can block pedestrian access to the station in advance of the train arriving.”

The plans add: “This development will significantly enhance multimodal interchange at Pinhoe, increasing its attractiveness and role as a sustainable hub and will provide more sustainable travel options to employment, increasing the labour pool and access to skills, to support productivity.”

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